Artificial intelligence can be used to produce persuasive texts that influence behaviour.
Artificial intelligence could be used to generate content intended to manipulate people. Addressing this problem means understanding how communication works to influence people.
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Elon Musk’s focus on the number of bots on Twitter, whether genuine or a distraction, does little to address the problems of misinformation and spam. A pair of social media experts explain why.
Elon Musk has called Twitter the world’s “digital town square.”
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Twitter may not be a darling of Wall Street, but it occupies a unique place in the social media landscape.
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Twitter, more than other social media platforms, fosters real-time discussion about events as they unfold. That could change if Musk gains control of the company.
Social media provides spaces for participation – but also for misinformation.
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The system behind apps like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp isn’t neutral. It encodes political communication, influencing what users see.
Efforts to reduce tensions between the Koreas, like the 2018 inter-Korean summit, are frequently the target of disinformation campaigns in South Korea.
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Political bots are setting the stage and standards for how this kind of AI will be used moving forward.
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Unlike the US, Australia hasn’t yet been hit by a large-scale disinformation campaign focussed on meddling with elections. But this is a ‘realistic prospect’ moving forward.
According to Bot Sentinel, #coronavirus and #COVID19 are among the top hashtags being used by Twitter bot accounts.
Facebook, the least trusted tech company, has taken the lead in fighting coronavirus misinformation.
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